The summer has been and gone, it’s like a distant memory that you’re not sure whether it actually happened or not. We had a great last week by the sea, the weather was fab and Frank got to play in the sea for the first time! We hired a paddle boat, went swimming, crabbing, visited a park and ate and drank far too much! (That’s what you do on holiday right?)
we stayed in Bournemouth but whilst there we visited mudeford which I fell in love with and shall definitely be re-visiting. It was very quaint and alot quieter than Bournemouth, the quay is a short walk which was abundant in people crabbing and fishing the kid’s loved it! There was a lovely looking restaurant called the noisy Lobster right on the sea front and there is a little ferry that can take you on a short jurney across to Mudeford sandbank.
Now we’re back to the grind, back to healthy eating, back to school run’s and back to rainy morning’s!
The first week back was a triumph we were on time, presentable, organised, happy-ish and the kids settled back in well. I have also settled back in well, settled in to not hearing mum, mum, mum all day long and I must say the novelty of that has not worn of just yet!
Here are some of my school run survival tips or at least what I do on a good day…
– Do not hit the snooze button! Just don’t do it!
– Fuel on caffeine the husband leaves me a cuppa on the side every morning (good egg)
– Tell the kid’s to get dressed as soon as there up, once they’re on that sofa I might as well be speaking to a brick wall
– Lay uniform out the night before
– Give the children job’s to do, such as fill water bottles, put bags in car, empty dishwasher, this is not only a massive help but life lessons, they need to learn this shiz!
– Feed the boy! Take a snack to pick up, the 5yr old has serious hanger issues, keep him fed he’s happy, happy kid’s happy mum!
This never alway’s goes to plan and I generally forget something but it definitely helps.
With the school term come’s the dreaded after school activities….. Am I the only one that think’s after school activities are sent to kill us all off? Seriously I drive around endlessly chauffeuring my children to various activities, I even pay for the torment! Why? Do all these after school activities help mould them into the adults they become? Or just tire them even more? Am I just a sucker for punishment? The more children you have the more after school club’s, the more driving around, fee’s and general headache you have to deal with. On that note Stan start’s swimming lessons this weekend! (Sucker I hear you say)
whilst school club chauffeuring this week it dawned on me that actually I am living to serve, serve my children, my whole life revolves around their schedules, schooling, club’s, friend’s, sport’s, parties let alone having fun family times and making memories. I’m not complaining don’t get me wrong, my life choices and I’m very happy with my life, I chose to do this after all, I just came to the realisation that very nearly everything I do is for them and that’s major. I guess I never really realised how selfless parenting is, you just do it and don’t give it much thought. Since I had children young I tried and managed to have the best of both world’s have a social life, go out, be a mum and also be me constantly burning the candle at both end’s but I feel that slowly slipping away, there’s just not enough time in the day and I cannot deal with a hangover anymore! Of course I still go out just not so much and night’s out are definitely tamer… mostly. (It’s been a while since I ate a kebab in bed).
Frankie is 10 whole month’s old and has also learnt to climb the stair’s !!!!!! (God help me)
Quote of the week by Stanley B – “look at those cloud’s mum they look just like a Ballsack”
Fantastic il leave you there folk’s..